Advanced Care

Dog getting laser therapy treatment at VCA Wexford Animal Hospital

Advanced care services are services that go above and beyond what a general hospital visit may be for your pets. Advanced services may be items such as specialized surgeries, eye treatment, diagnostic imaging, ultrasound, or therapies. Please click on any of the subheadings listed below to learn more about our services in advanced care.

Available Services
  • Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive, drug free, surgery free, and pain free treatment for a variety of health conditions. Also called low-level laser therapy, cold laser therapy uses beams of light to stimulate cell regeneration and increase blood circulation. Following treatment, pets experience a reduction in pain and inflammation associated with the affected area.... Read more

  • Cryosurgery is the use of extreme cold produced by a liquid nitrous oxide gas (or, in specific instances, liquid nitrogen) to destroy diseased tissue. The super-cold probe freezes and destroys the immediate and surrounding cells. After cryosurgery, the frozen tissue sloughs off and, in most cases, is replaced partially or completely with healthier scar tissue.... Read more

  • Diagnostic imaging refers to the techniques and processes used to create images of your pet's body or body parts for medical purposes. These images allow your veterinarian to diagnose or re-examine a disease condition or determine if your pet's systems are normal.

    There are many forms of diagnostic imaging, including radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, CT scans, and MRI.... Read more

  • Our hospital is proud to offer state-of-the-art digital radiology services. Digital x-rays are essentially film-less x-rays. Traditional x-rays use photographic film to capture images whereas digital x-rays use a digital image capture device (computer) to record the x-ray image.... Read more

  • Our hospital performs electrocardiograms as part of our routine anesthetic monitoring for patients undergoing surgical and dental procedures. An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a readout of the electrical activity of the heart muscle. We also routinely perform ECG’s as part of a cardiac evaluation for patients suspected to have heart disease.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers Laser Surgery Services. Laser surgery is surgery performed using a laser instead of a scalpel to cut tissue. Laser surgery uses an intense beam of light that is precisely focused to cut tissue.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers OFA x-rays for identification of hip and/or elbow dysplasia in dogs. OFA is the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and is an organization that was created to aid breeders in helping reduce the incidence of hereditary health issues. Dogs must be over 2 years of age and the x-rays must be taken using heavy sedation for patient comfort and accurate positioning.... Read more

  • Ophthalmology focuses on diseases and problems of the eye. While an ocular (eye) exam is part of any routine exam or wellness visit, sometimes a more focused ocular exam and specific diagnostics are indicated. Pet ocular diseases that you may be familiar with include cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachments, eyelid growths, and corneal ulcers.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers many soft tissue surgery services. Soft tissue surgery refers to surgery on any body part excluding: bones/joints (orthopedic surgery), heart (cardiac surgery), or nervous system (neurosurgery). Examples of common soft tissue surgeries include spays (ovariohysterectomy), neuters (orchiectomy), growth removals from the skin or surface of the body, gastrointestinal surgery (to remove foreign objects or removed diseased sections of intestine), bladder surgery (to remove stones or polyps), and spleen surgery (often to remove diseased spleens or masses).... Read more

  • Although the eyes are examined during routine wellness exams, sometimes a more in-depth examination is necessary. When the doctor needs to perform this more detailed exam, he or she will often use a device called a tonopen. Through a process called tonometry, the doctor can measure the pressure within the eye.... Read more

  • Our hospital offers limited ultrasound (sonogram) examinations as a non-invasive diagnostic procedure to evaluate your pet's internal organs and locate the presence of fluid in specific anatomic locations. If your pet needs an in-depth ultrasound, our VCA veterinarians will discuss with you the recommendation to refer to one of our local board-certified radiologists or internal medicine specialists. Ultrasound can be used to examine the abdominal organs, reproductive organs, cardiac and pulmonary structures, tendons and ligaments, as well as eyes.... Read more